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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bmg/Arista
  • ASIN: B00005OAE9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

1. Feelin'
2. Do U Dig U?
3. Million Times
4. Blue Girl
5. Barely in Love
6. Heels
7. Abstractionisms
8. Caring
9. Even If It Is So

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D101 on 14 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
First thing I'd like to say is that I am only giving this album four stars in comparison to Q-Tip's latest album, 'The Renaissance', which was an outstanding album. 'Kamaal The Abstract' has been a long time coming...recorded around 2001 but deemed too un-commercial for release - this album has been sitting on the shelves for years. Indeed advance copies of the album have been floating around the internet for a long time (I've had it for a good few years now) but the sound quality was a bit lacking so its great to finally have a perfect sounding version to take home.

In a way I can see why Arista Records were unsure what to do with this album. Recorded just a short time after Tip's most commercial sounding record 'Amplified', which had semi-radio friendly songs such as 'Breathe & Stop' & 'Vivrant Thing', 'Kamaal The Abstract' is NOTHING like its predecessor. Even compared to 'The Renaissance', which was a true hip-hop album for hip-hop heads this album can be a bit out there. As a whole the album has a jazzy feel to it and unlike 'Amplified' which mainly had Tip rapping over Dilla beats, this album makes use of live instruments much more (in that respect this album can at times sound like something we are used to hearing from The Roots). 'Do You Dig U?' is essentially a seven minute instrumental, 'A Million Times' is largely instrumental as well, whilst the last 2-3 minutes of 'Abstractionisms' tail off into what sounds an impromptu jamming session.

The music itself is outstanding - 'Feelin', the saxophone inspired 'Even If It Is So', and the aforementioned 'A Million Times' are among my favourite Tip songs. 'Barely In Love', however, gets my vote for best song on the me you haven't heard Tip sounding anything like this before!
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By Just My Opinion! on 11 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
If your a Q-Tip fan, you'll like this album. Yes it has been sitting about for years, but it still sounds current. Its different from his old skool stuff, but still has that Q-Tip sound. There is a real mix-mash of melodies here, incorporating rap, jazz, funk, rock and soul, yet it comes together excellently. Favourites of mine are 'Feelin' and 'Heels'.
I have to say it isnt as easy listening as his last album, and I personally skip a few songs! But all in all, I'd recommend it.
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By David Scott on 26 Feb. 2015
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A Classic Album
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Mwiinga on 22 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Not your typical hip-hop album but then that should not be expected with Tip. This album is just FUNKY, simple and plain, melodies just get your head nodding.

Put the cd in, sit back and just enjoy the jazzy funk.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
40 somethings still enjoy hip hop..... 16 Sept. 2009
By private_twist - Published on
Format: Audio CD
ATCQ bought that jazz vibe. For those who were in their early 20's, Tribe was a perfection transition from rap to more grown up music. Admist the New Jack Swing and Chicago House stuff you had the conscious MCs. Great stuff! We can enjoy a few rap songs (and I'm saying rap as not in real hip hop)here and there but I always go back to Q. He's grown up too and he has realized his growth and wants to share it with the grown up world. To Q I say thank you. I still love the lyrical but I need it to make sense to me as a 40 yr woman.
This cd is perfect for me. Contemp and a lil traditional jazz, neo, funk and rhyming. The formula is just right. I give it 5 stars because it will be awhile before anyone else comes out that I can groove to at work.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Welcome to Kamaal's Jook Joint 16 Sept. 2009
By Nse Ette - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Q-Tip's third album "Kamaal the abstract" was originally intended to be released as his second album in 2001, but was shelved by the record company over doubts about it's commercial viability. It finally gets released some 8 years later and finds Q-Tip twiddling production keys as well as playing some instruments.

The feel is Jazz/Funk a la Stevie Wonder or even Prince (especially on the Funk/Rock-laced "Heels" and on the guitar driven "Barely in love" with chunky/clunky percussion and hand claps), and finds Q-Tip doing more singing than rapping. Featuring no samples but live instrumentation, the presence of jazz legends Kenny Garrett, Gary Thomas and Kirk Rosenwinkel adds to the loose Jazzy feel.

The album comprises just 10 tracks and every thing stands out really, with variety. For lovers of Hip Hop, there's sing-song rapping on the horn/piano sprinkled "Abstractionisms" and "Do you dig u?" (lilting harmonies and funky rhodes) both set to a languid Neo-Soul sound with an incredibly groovy bassline, the melancholic piano ballad "Caring" features soothing female vocals/harmonies, while songs like "A million times" or "Even if it is so" (with a brilliant sax solo) wouldn't sound out of place on a D'Angelo or Erykah Badu CD.

This album is only "uncommercial" as compared to the uninspired clones being spit out of the musical conveyor belt, it will hardly get any airplay. Don't let that fool you though, this is music at it's finest, and I'm glad Q-Tip insisted on getting it finally released. An album you really should own.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent CD 15 Sept. 2009
By Anthony Richards - Published on
Format: Audio CD
what can I say Q-Tip always puts out music that is always good and what one would not here other rappers put out, and is no exception on this cd which is ot standing from the time you push play and here the first selection(Feelin) till the end of the cd you will just be dancing and moving along to his groove...I advise anyone to buy this cd, for it is one of Q-Tips best!!!!!!!!!!excellent
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Exactly what (or not at all) what you might expect 16 Sept. 2009
By CoolPoet - Published on
Format: Audio CD
So I have been hearing about this album for years and like most true Q-Tip fans were excited to know that this was going to be released. I'm glad that as an artist that he got to show his talent finally. I think that everything happens for a reason and this album is RIGHT ON TIME! I don't think it would have been appreciated back in 2001. Think Common's Electric Circus. Alot of what you will hear on this is heavy jazz grooves, much like we've heard on the Ummah and if you have liked what you have heard on the renaissance you'll like this too. I can appreciate the fact that he produced this himself and played alot of the instruments himself. I have much more of an appreciation for his expression.

The Renaissance and even amplified was definitely more "polished-up" and comprised more of music that's mainstream friendly and that's not to say that any of his work is diminished in any way, it just has a different energy to me than specifically that Amplified had. This is alot more laid back lounge music type of a vibe to it. So once again, most of us tribe-heads will hear the common theme and will love it. I think it's sad to think that this great work was shuffled around and put on the back burner by other record labels but as I said, everything in it's own time.

The album really shows alot of emotion too, like you can really feel what he is trying to say even though some tracks aren't very lyrically intensive. This album does have a strong jazz fell to it as well, tracks like "Blue Girl", "Do you dig u" "Even if it is so" show great instrumentation. Then of course you have the lyrical tracks like the verse on "Feelin", "Abstractisms" and "Make It work" show that the MC part of him has never left. Then "Heels" has that funk/synth sound somewhat reminicent of Cameo. Again, I think it's very raw and expressive. As a fan of Q-Tip's emcee skills I was hoping for some more lyrical content and like Renaissance it's too short. (We always want to hear more Q!) So I gave it 4 stars but it is definitely a must have for any Tribe/Q-Tip fan. Thanks to Amazon the CD is extremely affordable too!

The reason why I titled the review as such is that some people will expect "Amplified" and some people will expect "Renaissance" and it's neither, but it is Q-Tip.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Q-Tip - Kamaal the Abstract 11 Sept. 2007
By Done - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A Tribe Called Quest's lead MC Q-Tip (A.K.A. Jonathan Davis, Kamaal Ibn John Fareed) has been working to get ownership of the masters for his unreleased solo album "Kamaal The Abstract" (2002). This one never made it to the shelves as a misguided Arista Records thought it was "un-commercial". While creating a catalogue of ATCQ's group & solo releases I was happy to find out about this nine track release, a 2001 advance/promo which I found could be listened to on the web. Listening to this album is a highly enjoyable experience as Q-Tip fills this release with a creative assortment of Hip-Hop, Jazz & Alternative Rock instrumentals which make every track distinct. Great music to chill too. Early track's like "Feeling","Do You Dig U?" & "A Million Times" vibe well, Queen's Q-Tip keeps his lyrical presence limited, instead letting the memorable instrumentals (live drums, guitar, organ, saxophone, electric piano, trumpets, flute) hold their own as they do throughout this release. Q-Tip sings away on "Blue Girl" which is laced with more on point instrumentals, guitar, piano etc. "Barely In Love" vibes with good intentions and hand claps. Q-Tip rhymes about one of women's most loved possessions on "Heels" & looks to raise the bar on "Abstractionisms". The short "Caring" features some smooth female vocals and chilled out piano beats. The highlight of this album for me is the closing track "Even If It So", Q-Tip shines on this joint telling the story of a single mum's hustle to make a living and create a better life, backed by some outstanding instrumentals - love the trumpets. Found myself bumping my Tribe album's more recently, the infusion of Hip Hop and Jazz has never been done so well, finding this short but sweet release was like a breath of fresh air. Q-Tip has another unreleased album "Live at the Renaissance", it's rumored to be released soon as "The Renaissance", hopefully "Kamaal the Abstract" sees the light of day soon too, highly recommend checking out this release if you can find it.
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